It probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Stuck for inspiration about what to wear at their village carnival, one group made a last-minute decision to dress up in mock Muslim burkas.
Calling themselves the “Page Three Beauties from the Ramalama Ding-Dong Times”, the 17 men and women carried placards with made-up names such as “Miss Hairyarmpitsbad”, “Miss Slackistan”, “Miss Notbadinbedabad” and “Miss Reallyamanistan”.
As they walked the one-mile parade route, the group knelt down in mock prayer and used fake compasses to try to find Mecca.
Their routine impressed carnival judges – a mayor, two district councillors and a parish councillor – and they were shortlisted for the “best entry” prize.
But before any awards were handed out, police told the group to leave after complaints about racism.
HERE IS YET ANOTHER CASUALTY OF OPPRESSIVE POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Leo McKinstry is trying to make some sense
“Our police are turning into political commissars”
FREEDOM of speech is one of the cornerstonesâ€‚ofâ€‚our democracy.
The open exchange of viewsâ€‚andâ€‚the expression of controversial opinions are bulwarks against tyranny.
Yet the British tradition of liberty is now increasingly under threat because of the state’s cowardly policy of trying to appease radical Islam.
In the name of promoting a spirit of tolerance, our civic institutions have become ruthlessly intolerant of anyone who dares to challenge some of the most repellent features of hardline Islamism, such as misogyny,â€‚the contempt for human rights and the resort to violence for political ends.â€‚
Blanketâ€‚accusationsâ€‚of racism are regularly used to suppress debate about the problems caused by Islam.â€‚
Britain fought the last war against an anti-semitic, book-burning, totalitarian regime. Yet in a bizarre twist, the modern British Government now acts as the guardian of those Muslims who want to see an Islamic version of just such a regime in this country. In a monstrous inversion of our values, those seeking to uphold our freedoms against Muslim fundamentalism are now the target of state repression.
The British bobby, once a symbol of robust common sense, is rapidly being transformed into an agent of the race-fixated thought police.
Perhaps the most worrying recent example of this trend was the outrageous conduct of the West Midlands police over a Channel 4 investigation into extremismâ€‚withinâ€‚Birmingham’s mosques â€“ Undercover Mosque. Anyone watching the programme would have been appalled at some of the sentiments of the Muslim clerics.â€‚
One preacher, referring to his eagerness to seeâ€‚Britishâ€‚soldiers killed in Afghanistan, said that “the hero is the one who separated his head from his shoulders”.â€‚Another called for homosexuals to be “thrown off the mountain”, while a third believed that Jews will be killed at the end of time, accompanying his forecast with a snorting noise like that of a pig. â€‚